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A passion, a dream and a vision to see peoples, cities and nations affected by the Gospel of Jesus Christ can become reality as evidenced in the lives of Brad and Jan Thurston.
Brad was born in the US in 1951 and raised the son of missionary parents in Beirut Lebanon. His dramatic personal encounter with Jesus Christ in 1972 birthed in him a passion to “share Jesus with the world”. His pastoral and evangelistic experiences led him to minister throughout the United States, East Africa and Europe. In 1977 Brad moved to North Yourkshire where he based his evangelistic ministry at Hollybush Christian Fellowship.
After a storybook romance, Brad married Janet Bell of Consett, England in 1979. Jan came to the Lord as an adult seeking peace with God in the local Anglican Church. While distributing the parish magazine, she encountered some dynamic Christians who took her to a Gospel crusade where her life was transformed by the love of God.
The Thurstons moved to Germany in 1981 where they based their church planting and international evangelistic ministries in Wesel near Dusseldorf. Their travels have taken them to over 80 nations on 6 continents around the world.
Witnessing a growing spiritual hunger in throughout the world, Brad and Janet saw the need for more workers willing to dedicate their lives to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That led them to establish Globe Europe (now Globe Mission), a German missionary sending agency in 1990. Since then Globe Mission has trained, sent and cared for some 200 missionaries who have ministered in over 55 countries around the world - changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of people through a variety of activities from church planting and leadership training to relief and development projects.
As a consultant, coach and facilitator, Brad and Jan continue their world-wide investment into the Kingdom of God based from Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Thurstons have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.
Brad is currently helping with founding and setting up Globe Mission Mexico.
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